Coffee: we drink it or we get angry.

Discussion in 'Food and Drink' started by Jeb, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. shotgunshane

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    I just ordered the previous Bonavita model, now discontinued. Found a seller with a few left. Also decided to try the Kalita Wave 155 Tsubame edition.
     
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    Back when I drank espresso regularly I did some research on the best water to use, as well as how it affects scaling. Our municipal water utility publishes detailed test results regularly and is actually quite good, so that is what I use, but if you are interested in more detail here are a couple links I found most informative;

    Jim Schulman's Insanely Long Water FAQ

    http://users.rcn.com/erics/Water Quality/Water FAQ.pdf

    Water for coffee extraction: Composition, recommendations and treatments

    http://scae.com/images/pdfs/AST-LIVE-2016/Water-Composition-for-Coffee.pdf
     
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    This is not at ALL what my post was about, but good info all the same.

    Thanks. ;)
     
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    I knew that. I frequently go off on tangents :rolleyes:
     
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    I bought one awhile back (1st gen, not the newer model) with the intention of keeping it, and coming from a semi-auto machine having the added control of pressure profiling with the lever was fun, but ultimately I found myself missing the convenience of my machine.

    It was very well made and I was able to get some great results out of it with a bit of practice, but the added steps involved in preheating the cylinders and subsequent breakdown/clean up were just too fiddly for me when I just wanted to pull a quick double and get back to work (which brings up another factor, the capacity).

    For the right person it would be a great setup to have, just wasn't for me.
     
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    I haven't been keeping up with this thread, because most of the talk was about roasters I would never order from since I live on the other side of the Pacific from most of you. But I thought I'd share some info about my new grinder. Searching for "single dosing" here, I found this to be the moistest setup:
    Looks like Kafatek has newer models now, but if this article is correct, I believe it cost around $2k, well out of my price range.

    I was single dosing before I knew that's what it was called, as I only pull two shots each day on the weekends and didn't want to leave beans in the hopper. I'd been using a hand-me-down 15+ yo hopperless Rocky that had pretty bad grind retention and was a pain to clean out due to the shape of the chute. It was about time to replace the burrs, so I thought I'd see what upgrade options were available.

    This is where I found the most useful info about single dosing and current suitable grinders:
    https://clivecoffee.com/blogs/learn/what-is-single-dosing

    I almost went with the Baratza, but reports of breakdowns and cheap parts led me to the next one up on Clive's list, the Eureka Mignon Specialità. I'm really happy with the performance and there's very low retention, especially if you lean it back and "thunk" it down so what's left in the chute falls out (I realize this might not be great for the grinder, but I've been doing it for years with the Rocky w/o issues, and the Specialità feels rock solid). The stepless adjustment dial has a nice firm feel and it grinds fairly quietly as advertised.

    The hopper is rather clunky and has a ridiculous square lid that's really hard to get off. I'd seen this lens hood filter mod,

    ... cbf'd to try and find one the right size. But I had a pill bottle I cut the bottom off that almost fit and was able to taper it using some pliers. There's a bump in the neck to force the hopper to only go in one way, so you have to make a dent in the bottle to allow it to fit properly. A blind basket makes a handy cover to prevent popcorning.

    Before decapitation
    20190423_212057.jpg

    Here's some gratuitous espresso pr0n of a pull from an also 15+ yo hand-me-down Sylvia.


    *Edited for grammar
     
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